2019 Bertrand Ligier SP/CSAR
|Back & Sides||CSA Rosewood|
|Scale Length||650 mm|
|Nut width||52 mm|
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This guitar was built by the extremely talented luthier Bertrand Ligier, who builds guitars in the Languedoc region of Southern France. We're very pleased to be working with this fine maker and this is an impressive concert-level guitar in every regard. It features Bertrand's newest body design, based on many years of constant research. After having studied several master guitars over the years, Bertrand focused on three makers in particular whom he has admired greatly and inspired this design: Paul Fischer, David Rubio, and Francisco Simplicio. Of course, "inspired by" as the plantilla may be suggestive of these makers, it is unique to Ligier. The bracing of the top is also his newest with five bars and an asymmetrical bar under the rosette. As with his previous instruments, this one also has double sides - the inside of this guitar being of spruce which Bertrand chose for it's lightweight quality and because it was often used for back and sides during the Romantic period (for example in instruments of Rene Lacote). This makes the body stiffer yet still lightweight, which in turn helps direct more vibration to the soundboard. This improves projection (particularly in concert settings), and improves the depth and sturdiness of the basses, as well as more rounded and focused trebles. Most interestingly, the guitar body is built separately from the neck. These two parts are assembled at the end of the process, a method known as "French mounting". The resulting sound is beautifully lyrical, loose and open, even for a new spruce instrument.
Ligier has not only become recognized for his great quality of sound, but also for his remarkable woodworking skills. The amazing attention to detail found in his inlay work is second-to-none, rivaling the top, most skilled woodworkers in the trade. His intricate and perfectly executed rosette designs have become a hallmark of his work. His pore-filling and French polish work have a mirror-like, perfectly consistent sheen over the entirety of the instrument. This is a maker with a great sense of style combined with a virtuosity in the delivery. Materials are also first-rate, this one built a beautiful spruce soundboard from the Italian Alps, and a stunning set of aged CSA rosewood for the back and sides that he obtained from Dominique Field’s private stock. Tuners are Alessi with ebony buttons. And it sounds as good as it looks - it has precise balance, and supreme clarity between voices with a sophisticated voice - very pronounced fundamental and highly controlled overtones. Overall an incredibly satisfying instrument all counts, and we recommend his guitars to players of any level, from the advanced student to accomplished professionals.